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Manel within striking-distance at Magalies Park

MAGLALIES PARK GOLF CLUB, 28 November 2018: Usher Manel trimmed Thembelani Mweli’s lead to just one point after a day of fantastic scoring in round two of the 2018 Canon SA Deaf Junior Interprovincial at Magalies Park Golf Club (GC) on Wednesday.

With the nerves of the first round behind them, the golfers showed tremendous improvement and an ability to convert good shots into points. One golfer who has done a particularly good job of this thus far is Johannah Shabangu who followed up her opening round of seven points with three points to maintain her lead among the female contingent.

The Siswela school pupil has been a shining light off the golf course too evident in her willingness to accept leadership roles. Having played in two previous IPTs, Shabangu will be hoping it’s a case of third time lucky as she looks to qualify for the 2019 Canon SA Disabled Golf Open.

“Yes I really want to go [to the 2019 Open]. I want to show kids that if you play golf you can have different experiences and even if you are disabled, everyone is actually the same so that would be amazing,” says Shabangu.

The race for the overall individual title looks set to go down to the wire as Usher Manel ate away at Mweli’s lead. Manel signed for 15-points and the round of the day to ensure there’s only one point in it heading into the final round.

South African Disabled Golf Association Operations Manager Lily Reich expressed her gratitude towards the Magalies Park Golf Club staff for their hospitality and for supporting disabled golf.

“The Magalies Park Golf Club staff have been absolutely fantastic in ensuring that the event has been run smoothly. I cannot thank Muis Lombard and his team enough for making us feel so welcome. We are grateful to them for supporting the development of South African disabled golf so wholeheartedly,” commented Reich

The final round will take place on Wednesday before the leading players receive invites to the 2019 Open.